W3C Publishes HTML 5.0, Canvas 2D CR Version

W3C Publishes HTML 5.0, Canvas 2D CR Version; Direct Download Links for .NET Framework, Visual Studio Express Editions and SDKs; WCF Data Services 5.2.0

W3C just announced the publication of the Candidate Recommendation (CR) version of the HTML 5.0 and Canvas 2D specifications. The specifications are on track for finalization by 2014.

"Internet Explorer 10 already offers hardware-accelerated HTML 5.0 and Canvas 2D support allowing developers to build compelling, cross-browser Web applications with good performancem" Microsoft blogged.

You can read more about the progress to-date with HTML 5.0 and Canvas 2.0 specification, the next steps toward reaching Final Recommendation status, and progress toward defining HTML 5.1 here.

Microsoft also released today WCF Data Services 5.2.0, and brings in the UriParser from ODataLib Contrib and contains a few bug fixes.

You can get the NuGet packages and a tools installer for WCF Data Services 5.2.0.

Microsoft to help those want to download the .NET Framework and Visual Studio Express Editions and SDKs made available today the direct download links.

The move comes as the company is seeing a huge daily traffic on MSDN.

"It is clear from the web traffic data that a key task for many of you is downloading more .NET software, to expand your options and experience developing .NET apps. The number one download for .NET is the .NET Framework -the latest version being the .NET Framework 4.5. However, we also see a lot of activity downloading Visual Studio and the many SDKs that you can install to expand its capabilities," Microsoft wrote.

Direct links to download .NET Framework and Visual Studio Express Editions and SDKs